More than 60 kung fu experts from 12 countries will take part in an exhibition next month aimed at helping to revive flagging interest in martial arts. They will compete in the International Kung Fu Masters Performance and Championship at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Wan Chai, on September 27. The masters will demonstrate various weapons skills and square up against each other for exhibition matches. Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association president Lam Kin-ming said the competition was aimed at stimulating people's interest in kung fu and promoting Chinese martial arts. 'Chinese martial arts are dying. There were about 40 different schools in Hong Kong 10 years ago, but now only around 10 are left. 'People are just too busy and it is hard to find a place for them to practise.' Kwong Kwan-wai, an 82-year-old Hong Kong master, said he would do his best to revive the martial arts. 'I should have retired a long time ago, but I still find the passion for the martial arts and I will do my best to promote them,' he said. Malcolm Franklin, 32, a master practitioner from Leicester, England, has trained for eight years and has already arrived for the competition. 'I attended a kung fu seminar in Leicester eight years ago. When I saw the masters, I knew I would like to pursue this for the rest of my life. It is practical, graceful and basically has everything in it.' No fee will be charged to watch the event, organised by the Provisional Urban Council and the Martial Arts Association. Entry passes will be available at the Urban Services Department's recreation, amenities and sports offices and at the Martial Arts Association from Tuesday.